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hi everyone, this is al jazeera america, i'm john siegenthaler. face-to-face, president obama -- >> think dangerous currents risk pulling us back into a darker more disordered world. >> reporter: and participate putin talking isil, and syria at the u.n. donald's trump's vow to slash taxes. >> it will be simple, easy, and
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fair. >> reporter: but what about the details? tonight a closer look another his pledge and plan. abandoning the arctic, a major victory for environmentalists, as shell retreats from its bid to drill for oil in the alaskan arctic. >> mars not the dry arid planet that we thought of in the past. >> the extraordinary find on mars as scientists say they have discovered flowing rivers on the red planet. ♪ we begin with president obama and president putin at the united nations. they just wrapped up their first formal discussions in over a year. it seems their icy relationship shows no sign of thawing. the disagreements were on full
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display today. mike viqueira is at any u.n. tonight. mike? >> reporter: you are right. it was a public display of acrimony and diplomacy. they met at the end of the day after duelling speeches at the world body. they went overtime, and now both sides are still struggling to look for a way forward on syria. amid open antagonism with president putin, president obama was diplomatic. >> we are facing extraordinary challenges today, ones that test our capacity to work together. >> reporter: there was a chord wall moment when they both toasted the united states. but moments later a metaphor when putin took a phone call at the table. in his speech to the general assembly, mr. obama chastised putin's actions in ukraine and syria. >> the dangerous currents risk
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pulling us backward. >> reporter: as putin now makes his play in syria with the backing of jets, tanks, and military support. >> in accordance with this logic we should support tyrants like bashar al-assad who drops barrel bombs to massacre innocent children because the alternative is surely worse. >> reporter: still he said he would work with putin and iran to try to find a solution. then the two met for the first time in over a year. >> reporter: did you make a deal? >> reporter: both leaders ignored reporters shouted questions. white house officials insisted ukraine would be the primary topic of crimea.
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in his address mr. obama vowed to keep sanctions on russia until it reverses course. >> we cannot stand by with the sovereignty of a territorial nation is violated. >> reporter: and senior administration firms are briefing reporters this evening on that bilateral meeting. here is what they had the meeting 95 minutes equally between the subjects of ukraine and syria. russia did not rule out the possibility of joining the coalition against isil. but they said that assad is the only viable option to rule
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syria. >> mike thank you. >> reporter: russian president vladimir putin wasn't even in the room when he heard president barack obama call him out. but he did have a message for president obama when it comes to who should remain in power in syria. >> translator: we think it's an enormous mistake to refuse to cooperate with the syrian government and its armed forces. we are valently fighting terrorism face-to-face, no one but president assad's forces are truly fighting the islamic state and other terrorist groups in syria. >> reporter: putin called for a brood international coalition against isil. that's unlikely to include the u.s. as president obama reiterated monday that assad must go, and those overtures further hampered by putin's
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criticism over the u.s. arming moderate syrian rebels whom he says end up joining the group's ranks. >> translator: it's not clear who is using whom for the benefit of their goals and the last numbers of arming moderate opposition groups in syria is the latest example of this. it's not just short sidedness, but a dangerous move. >> reporter: while putin solidifies his footing in the middle east with the arrival of equipment and troops in syria. iran announced it is ready to join to. that move along the agreement to share intelligence about isil. >> translator: we are prepared to assist in the eradication of terrorism, and ensuring that arms do not dictate the course of the region. we are prepared to help bring about democracy in syria and
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yemen. >> reporter: u.n. secretary ban ki-moon blamed the security council for a lack of a solution, and the fallout including millions of refugees inundating europe. >> five countries in particular hold the key. the russian federation, the united states, saudi arabia, iran, and turkey. >> reporter: that call to action, however, a difficult one as the differences between the u.s. and russia oversyria includes turkey and france who say no solution can be attained with president assad in power. >> translator: i see some who are unleashing all of their diplomatic effort to include bashar al-assad in this process. but one cannot make the victims and executioner work together. assad cannot be part of the solution. >> reporter: so two presidents with two completely different views on two world conflicts. it is unlikely that president
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putin's idea of a grand coalition including assad's syria to battle isis will be taken up. the idea has not gone over well here at the general assembly. but at least they are talking seriously for the first time in 18 months. john? >> john terrett thank you. steven coen is professor of mer advertise of russian studies. what do you think of this sideline meeting? >> i think as we have talked about for a very long time, and we both know what happened today at the u.n. is a faithful moment. you have got this terrible crisis unfolding because of the it lammic state. and these two leaders don't like each other, and now we see what leadership has come to.
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>> what is putin most worried about when it comes to isil? >> most worried about, and for i would say, john, two or three years he has been clear on this, that it will blow back into russia. russia has 17 to 20 million muslim citizens. it has areas of muslim terrorists. according to putin himself -- he said this the other day, there are 2500 russian islamic citizens fighting with the islamic army. that's his number one concern. the second concern, is that russia and the united states have diametrically opposed views as to why there is this monstrous terroristic evil in the middle east. russia thinks it is significant due to american policy --
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>> he blames the united states for all of it. >> well, not all of it -- >> much of it. >> he knows the united states hasn't created it all, but he thinks we poured oil on the fire. on the other hand we say no, your support of assad has generated and accelerated. >> so is it all about assad? >> no. because europe has changed its mind about putin. you know as a result of ukraine, europe moved closer to the united states. but now with the refugees coming, europe knows they can't solve this problem without putin. so they have been leaning, we know, privately on obama to meet with putin and form some kind of an ally ansz. >> does the united states have to reverse its position when it comes to getting rid of assad. >> no, the reason the politicians get the big bucks is
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they know how to something that sounds like the old but it is new. >> all they have been saying is barrel bombs and chemical weapons when it comes to bashar al-assad. >> let's look at the reality. president obama tried to destroy isil it failed. and today there was an admission. he admitted we need help and putin is not isolated. >> out maneuvered by putin? >> no, i think it's outmaneuvered by his try and reality. i think that obama understands that the united states and russia have a profound common
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interest in putting an end to the islamic state. >> so you think there is the possibility of a deal here. >> i voted for him twice, and i still don't understand his thinking about international affairs. >> can they just ignore what russia was doing in the middle east, slowly beginning to gather suppo support, or did they just say it didn't matter. >> russia has been an ally of syria when your father and my father were telling us what to do -- >> but it's not just syria. >> you know how many russians are married to syrians? they have an intimate connection here. >> that's really a good point. >> and russia knows how to
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evacuate. remember in libya they evacuated about 18 months ago brilliantly, and took a bunch of americans out of there. >> so this is in both of their interests to try to figure this out. >> it's existential to putin and probably also existential to obama. >> if you like listening to steen cowen, there are even more fireworks with ali velshi tonight. steven coen it's always good to see you. >> that is a low blow. [ laughter ] a stunning setback in afghanistan today. the taliban has seefed the strategic northern city. the fighters took over the provincial governor's office and released some 600 prisoners from the city jail. it's the first time they have taken a major urban area since the u.s. invasion in 2001. afghan officials have vowed to
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counterattack. the senate has passed a key hurdle to keep the government funded in this country into december. the focus will soon turn back to the house. speaker john boehner says he has got the votes to keep the government running, but some conservatives still want to cut funding to planned parenthood. >> reporter: republicans have not given up their quest to defund planned parenthood, but the chances of government shutdown this week are far slimmer than initially thought. and the republicans are looking forward to their new leadership and reflecting on the out going house speaker. john boehner defended his record over the weekend and let loose on ultra conservatives in his own party. >> the bible says be ware of false profits. and there are people out there, you know, spreading noise about how much can get done.
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i mean this whole idea that we're going to shut down the government to get rid of obamacare in 2013, this plane never had chance. >> reporter: he said despite republican's control of congress, the g.o.p. can't institute immediate change. >> and our founders didn't want some parliamentary system. they wanted this long, slow process, and so change comes slowly, and obviously too slowly for some. >> reporter: too slowly for republicans like those at this weekend's value voters summit who erupted in cheers friday at the news that boehner is stepping down. >> speaker boehner announced that he will be resigning. [ cheers and applause ] >> the g.o.p.'s right flank is willing to push to shut down the government this week to stop federal funding for planned parenthood. but don't expect that to happen since speaker boehner no longer
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has to listen to them. instead boehner and senate republicans plan to pass a short-term spending bill. then it will pass to a new house speaker to navigate. but who? the top candidate kevin mccarthy of california. he is a popular, proven fund raiser. he announced his candidacy in a letter to members, writing: it's conservatives that mccarthy must convince, like south carolina leader who appeared on sunday. >> kevin has the inside track. i think the important question is will things change? will they change for the better or simply replace mr. boehner with somebody else who will do the same thing. >> reporter: and florida daniel webster, another battle drewing for the number two position.
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tom price winning significant endorsements monday. republicans are meeting tuesday evening at the capitol to discuss strategy, but there's no date on the calendar yet for their leadership election. john, the big question, of course, right now, this government shutdown deadline. this evening the senate did take the crucial vote to move forward, but we won't see a final vote until probably tomorrow at the earliest. but they have until just wednesday night. so we'll be watching and make sure they follow through on what they said they plan to do, which is to keep the government funded. >> what names resurfacing as far as leadership is concerned. one says he is running for speaker, right? >> absolutely. and he has a challenge from a florida congressman, it is not seen as a real threat. the race to watch may really be for the number 2 slot.
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tom price of georgia got some big endorsements today. republicans are watching that number 2 slot carefully, because the ultra conservatives may see the number 2 position as the place they can be represented in leadership. so basically kevin mccarthy's right-hand person. and that may help them throw their support to mccarthy. the other question is what concessions will they try to get out of mccarthy before they throw their support behind him in a public sense. and you can bet conservatives are feeling victorious own john boehner's resignation are not giving up to the chance to be strongly represented. >> libby thank you. coming up, shell cancels the plan to drill in the arctic.
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and transitioning at 12, the doctors that help transgender children get through a very difficult time.
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the controversy and the prote -- protests didn't stop royal dutch shell, but today shell announced they will stop drilling off of the coast of
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alaska. they said exploratory drilling has failed to produce enough gas and oil. allen schauffler has more. allen? >> reporter: evening, john, shell drilled a single exploratory and didn't find what they were looking for. so that will cap that well, leave it behind, bring the ships and personnel home, and call it good, at least for now. when protesters surrounded a shell drilling rig this summer, they koujtd have known how close to victory they were. those kayakers couldn't stop the rig from sails north, but on monday shell said it is abandoning its $7 billion search for oil in the arctic. shell said that only traces of oil and gas were found in the sea, part of the arctic ocean
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near alaska's northwest coast. >> this is the most scrutinized analysted oil and gas project probably anywhere in the world. >> reporter: this was an about face for the president of shell oil. >> operationally things are going very well. the -- you know -- you know, it's a big operation, a lot of vessels -- 28 vessels involved including the drilling rigs, a lot of logistics, a lot of people, but it has gone very well. >> reporter: but on monday royal dutch shell issued a statement, blaming high costs and unpredictable federal regulations, saying: >> starting seven years ago when all of these plans to drill in the arctic really started played a huge role and really came to a
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peak in summer. shell said they were taken aback by the protests against arctic drilling. >> reporter: environmentalists had allies in shell shareholders, they argued that the huge costs made little sense at a time of low oil prices. >> the management said when we first gave the go ahead for this project, oil was at 120, and long-term futures suggested it was going to remain in that price range. well, that's not longer the case. oil's spot price is below 50 now. and the long time futures are significant lower as well. >> of course we want to work together to stop all future arctic off-shore drilling. >> reporter: the u.s. geological survey says there is more than 26 billion barrels of oil in the area.
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but right now shell is saying essentially it can stay there, we're not going after it, john. >> you were showing us the protests in seattle. they were a big part of the opposition. obviously they must be celebrating tonight, right? >> absolutely delighted. i just got off of the phone with one of the leaders of that protest. he was right in the middle of planning for flotilla 2016. he is ecstatic tonight. >> doesn't look like they are going to have to do it again for a while. allen schauffler thank you very much. a judge has thrown the book at joyce mitchell, who provided richard matt and david sweat with the tools they used to break out of prison. the three-week long manhunt
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ended with one day and one behind bars, and now the 57 year old woman is now headed to prison for seven years. i'm jake ward in oakland, california, a new breed of company is trying to create a sort of uber for private air travel. i'm explain more in a moment. >> there's so much injustice. >> workers are being injured constantly.
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>> hi, everyone, this is al jazeera america. i'm john siegenthaler. deep cuts. donald trump's tax plan would slash rates for the rich and the poor. >> we're going to cut the individual rates from 7 brackets to 4. simplification. >> could it also sink the economy? watershed moment. >> these are dark streaks that form in late spring, glow through the summer and disappear by fall. >> liquid h2o unearthed on the red planet. the new hope for fining life and sending people to mars. plus fight or flight, the start-up looking to bring uber's
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ride-sharing model to the sky, and the legal battle that could clip its wings. republican presidential front runner donald trump has announced a plan to revamp the tax code. he unveiled his ideas today in new york. >> if you are single and earn less than $25,000 or married and jointly earn less than $50,000, you'll not pay any income tax, nothing. this eliminates very strongly and quickly the marriage penalty, very unfair penalty. >> that zero percent bracket would be one of four brackets. the rich would benefit from trump's plan as well. the highest income tax rate would be 25%, down from nearly 40%. and eliminate estate taxes. joe watkins in philadelphia
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joins us. joe, what do you make of this one? >> well, it's a great plan. obviously plans are -- are proposals at this point, they would have to pass -- pass congress before they become the law, but this is a plan that, really, sounds good for a cross-section of americans, especially young people. you don't make a lot money, for working families, they get to keep all of their money, this is a good thing, so it's very different from what other republicans have said in the past. this means poor folks get to keep more of their money. very, very enticing. >> well, then how do you run the government? >> well, of course people still have to pay taxes. he is also talking about cutting the corporate tax rate. and that means that businesses get keep more of their money, that means they get to grow their business, which makes shareholders happy, and then hire new people and create new
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jobs. >> trickle down. >> kind of like trickle down, but it's very, very real, because they are under pressure from their shareholders to grow their businesses. >> but does this plan require -- i mean, you have to have growth in order to -- to meet -- to pay the government's bills? >> well, i think donald trump is going to tell you, who do you trust to get this done, him or somebody else? somebody who has made a fortune estimated between 4 and $12 billion. he will even tell you, i fight like the dickens not to pay taxes, but who do you trust to get this done? he is going to say you are going to trust me. >> does this include getting rid of deductions? is this just a tax and that's it? >> he wants to get rid of a lot of loopholes.
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the only people that take a direct hit would be the hedge fund managers because they get paid by carried interest, so this plan obviously would hit those folks, because of the carried interest proposal that he has got in place, but everybody else benefits and gets to keep more of their money. and you want wealthy people to keep more of their money, because they buy more goods and services which puts people back to work. >> so you are suggesting there is plenty of revenue in this plan to run the government? >> there will be. even grover's group has said this is a revenue -- i'm sorry deficit neutral. it doesn't add to the current deficit, which is a good thing. it will take time to reduce the nation's deficit, but if you can lower some of the pain, let them keep more money, that's a good
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thing. >> the pope leaves town, he announces a tax plan. is he looking for help in the polls? this >> well, the timing couldn't be better. i mean what donald trump has managed to do every single week is to make news and make big news, and he is making it again this week at the beginning of the week. it's welcomed news for not just republicans but also for a lot of democrats. it won't help him right now in the polls, but clearly if he becomes the nominee this becomes a very attractive platform for him. >> let me ask you a question about the media. someone was talking about whether or not the media helps or hurts politics this season or is it any different than any other political season when it comes to the media's coverage of political campaigns. what do you think? >> well, it really depends on
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the candidate and the candidate's ability to make the media work for him or her. and of all of the folks running for presidency, donald trump probably has the most media experience, having had his own reality show, and having the burd burden of ratings. you don't stay on tv if you don't have ratings, and so he understands that. donald trump has probably spent less money on media than other candidates and has gotten more attention because he understands how media works, and he has used free media by having something to say every day. >> joe, thanks so see you. >> always good to see you, john. >> hillary clinton tweeted yesterday:
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five chinese women were jailed earlier this year after campaigning against sexual harassment. a chinese official said women were detained for violating the law. prosecutors in germany say they are investigating the former ceo of volkswagen who resigned last week. the company admitted it cheated on emissions tests. rob reynolds reports. >> reporter: the prosecutor's office has announced that it is launching a criminal investigation into the former ceo of volkswagen group, who resigned, under pressure last week. the focus of the probe says the prosecutor's office will be on potential fraud surrounding volkswagen's now admitted scheme to cheat emissions testing by implanting special software into 11 million of its vehicles that
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make their diesel engines appear when testing to be less polluting when in fact they were much more polluting when driven on the highway under actual driving conditions. i was less than a week ago that he was a highly respected german executive with nearly unlimited ambitions and running the company that sold more cars than any other car maker in the world. today he is in disgrace, out of a job, and facing potential criminal charges. and there's also news that the audi division of volkswagen has announced that 2.1 million of its vehicles are involved in this emissions testing cheating scandal as well. german authorities have given volkswagen a little more than a week to come up with a timetable explaining how the company will bring these polluting vehicles back up to national standards for emissions.
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now as far as the ceo is concerned, when he resigned last week, he made a point of saying he had no knowledge of this scheme to cheat the emissions tests, and the board of directors of volkswagen as they accepted his resignation also said there was no evidence that they had that he had any such knowledge. now the new ceo of volkswagen group is from their porsche division, he has been with the company for a number of years, and obviously he has a very large job to do. volkswagen faces more than $18 billion in potential fines in the united states alone, and since news of the scandal broke, it's share price has fallen off of a cliff. >> that's rob ren alsd reporting from berlin. now to a new startup that some
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call the uber of the skies. the company links private pilots to private citizens. >> reporter: this man spotted what he considered a wasted resource. >> today if you go to any non-commercial airport, you are just going to see hundreds of airplanes sitting on the ground doing nothing. if you look at the number of airports that commercial planes fly to, it's about 500 in the u.s. but general aviation, you are going to 5,000. >> reporter: he new about the practice of offering a ride in exchange for the equivalent of gas money. that is allowed by the faa. so he help create flight now, pairing passengers and private pilots. through this service, a round
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trip might cost around 70 bucks. >> this august we got the response from the faa, saying any pilot using this platform will be operating illegally. >> reporter: operating illegally, because offering a ride over the web makes a pilot a common carrier, which involves meeting tougher safety standards. now he is in court arguing that the requirements already exceed the faa's. but should this service be held to commercial standards? the pry -- pilots have to undergo all kinds of testing. people often talk about this concept as the uber of flying,
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but it's not really a good comparison, because in a uber you get into a fender bender and you walk away. in general aviation, when something goes wrong it goes terribly wrong. the difference in risk is why the standards are so different. anybody who can be on the internet can click on your site and find a ride, it feels like that -- in a way i see the faa's point just that you are introducing a lot more people to a system that may not be ready for that. >> what is the difference with your friend or nephew going up with you versus someone else's nephew. is there that much of a difference? >> reporter: according to the faa there is. the brief says:
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as an aviation attorney he often doesn't find himself on the same side as the faa. >> the faa is our largest and most formidable adversary. >> reporter: but there is a large difference between a commercial carrier and bumming a ride with a private pilot. >> most general aviation liability policies have very, very very, very low limits. low limits to the point where you would probably not drive your car if you had such low limits. based upon my understanding of the law, and as much as i am intrigued by, you know, disruptive companies, i think
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flight now has some -- some major, major obstacles. >> reporter: these sorts of flights may be delayed indefinitely. jake ward, al jazeera, san francisco. fresh off his whirlwind trip to the united states, pope francis is making more news. the pontiff was asked about the case of kim davis the kentucky counter clerk jailed earlier this month for refusing to issue gay marriage licenses. he said he did not know the details, but conscientious decisions is a person's right. "america tonight" kristen saloomey reports from dallas. >> let's get something straight. are you a boy or girl? >> boy.
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>> 100%? >> absolutely. >> reporter: 12-year-old evan has been diagnosed with gender disphoria. the hair was cut, clothes changed, and mom and dad began using the male pronoun. but another transition was fast approaching, one evan and his parents deeply feared. the onset of puberty. because evan is by logically female, puberty meant he would look more female every day. >> i was panicked. >> reporter: how many doctors did you call? >> over 100. >> reporter: but one doctor hesitantly agreed to see evan. >> hello. >> hello.
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>> reporter: convinced what that evan was feeling was not phase, dr. lopez assembled a team to help evan with his transition. the clinic is one of only a handful in the country. after a six-month mental health evaluation, doctors can prescribe drugs to delay the onset of puberty. >> how is your implant doing? >> good. >> the risk of depression, anxiety and suicide just rises through the roof, because all of their lives they were expecting their body is going to be something different, and one morning you think you will wake up and you are the gender you are. and had puberty you realize it is not happening, and going in the other way. >> reporter: today genesis has grown to a clinic that sees an
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average of 25 new patients every month. still thousands of transgender children in the u.s. don't have access to a clinic like genesis, or supportive parents. you are 12 years old. that's a lot to take on. >> yeah, but if it means saving a hundred kids's lives from suicide, i'm going to be that person to help do it. coming up next on the broadcast, one of the building blocks of life found on mars. ♪
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russia is trying to shift attention away from the crisis in ukraine, but its baltic neighbors say they will not be distracted. antonio mora is here with that. >> earlier today i spoke with t the estonia president. he said while syria is important, it should not give russia cart blanche in eastern ukraine. he said what is happening today could be worse. >> i know this is going to be very unpopular, but there was one advantage to the cold war as opposed to what we're seeing in ukraine today. during the cold war we didn't
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have war. now we have a holt war. >> in our next hour, the rest of my interview with estonia's president, including why he believes as a nato member his nation is safe from russia, because he believes nato could not fail on its responsibility to protect estonia. >> thank you. scientists at nasa say they found strong evidence of flowing water on mars. a potential break through in hopes of some day sending humans to the red planet. john hendren has more. >> reporter: scientists say the red planet is not the desolate dry place they thought it was. >> today we're revolutionizing the understanding of this planet. there's a lot more humidity in the air. as we ingest the soils they are full of water. mars is not the dry arid planet that we thought of in the past.
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today we're going to announce that under certain circumstances, liquid water has been found on mars. >> reporter: researchers say a few billion years ago, mars was covered with rivers, lakes, and possibly an ocean, where they believe only a small amount of frozen water remained. now a camera captured streaks of flowing briny water on the surface of the red planet, and they say there is a water cycle that changes over the course of the year, much like the water cycle on efrt. >> these are dark streaks that norm in late spring, grow through the summer and disappear by fall. >> reporter: that raises the possibility of life, and makes it easier for explorers to sustain themselves. >> today's announcement of a really fascinating result about current water on mars is one of the reasons why i feel it's even more imperative that we send
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scientists to mars to explore the question of is there current life on mars? >> reporter: the possibility of life on mars has been envisioned in sign fiction, but largely dismissed. ♪ >> there's nothing here. >> it's mars. >> reporter: the finding also raises the possibility that despite wildly varying temperatures, it might be possible to grow food in greenhouses on the surface. nasa managers say their latest discovery leaves many mysteries unresolved. they don't know where the water comes from, or what, besides salt is in it. >> derrick pit is al jazeera's space contributor and director of the pan tear um in philadelphia. welcome. >> thanks, john. glad to be here. >> how big of deal is this? >> it's a big deal, because what
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nasa is doing is getting all of its ducks in a row in terms of having the factual data it needs to make this claim. you have to understand that the ultimate goal is to be able to say whether or not there actually is life on mars now or there was life on mars in the past, and for their scientific case to be absolutely airtight, all of the steps along the way to that announcement, have to be absolutely certain. >> so what pushed nasa over the edge on this -- >> oh, what pushed them over is the edge is -- not just the satellite photographs of the planet showing the evidence of wet soil, but the analysis of the salty brine that they could see as a component of this soil that was wet, and that really pushed it over the edge. >> all right. so there are polar ice caps on mars, yes? >> yes, but they are carbon
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dioxide. >> would it help if the u.s. and nasa sent rovers to those ice caps or not? that wouldn't help find out more about whether or not there was water and what was in it? >> it would be helpful. there is no question about that. and the information given us today tells us there are many more places on mars where nasa can go to look for environments that may have been conducive to the development of life or are still the kind of environment where life could evolve. so that's a great way for nasa to look around other places on the planet for the possibility of life. >> scientists often put numbers on these things, so what do you think the percentage is that there's a chance that there is life on mars? >> that's a really interesting question, john, because this is always the thing we're driving towards? what is the possibility that there is life?
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this does enhance the number of places where it might be possible. but as one of the leading researchers said this really doesn't point directly to the fact that there's more -- there's a greater chance for life on mars. it just indicates there are more places where we can look for that possible life. >> and the type of life forms that are possible? >> well, i think we're not looking at little green men. i think we're definitely, you know, considering things that are pretty small. microbes for example, or maybe single-celled kind of life, but we still have to find the environments where it did happen, or maybe it is going on today. >> so does this change anything about man or unmanned missions to mars now? >> i think it really presses forward the necessity for us to -- to push harder to send people to mars to actually make the real discoveries. i have always contended that if
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we sent astro biologists to mars along with a couple of geologistin geologistings , we would probably settle the question of life on mars quickly. >> did you watch the super moon last night? >> i did go out and caught it through breaks in the clouds. >> what time? >> i was out between 9:00 and 11:00 p.m. >> i was in philly last night, covering the pope, but i didn't get out and see the supermoon, i wish i had. >> you missed a great view, john. it was spes tack lar. >> well, it's great to see you derrick. thank you for sharing your incites. >> thank you, john. more than half of this planet was treated to a rare event in the sky last night for the first time in more than 30 years, a super moon, a total
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eclipsed happened at the same time. nearly 3 billion people could see a rare event. a lunar eclipse happening during a super moon when the moon is closest to the earth. it's the first time we have seen this combination in more than 30 years. the climax could be seen late sunday night as the earth moved directly between the sun and the moon, the full moon faded and turned red as light was reflected. this is how it looked for people in washington, d.c., and for spar gazers in vancouver, canada. we won't see another combined super moon and eclipse until 2033. that's our broadcast. thank you for watching. i'm john siegenthaler. the news continues next with antonio mora. don't go away. ♪
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